Match Report – Collingwood Magpies v Adelaide Thunderbirds (Round 3, Suncorp Super Netball 2018)
BY JANE EDWARDS
What to say about this game? Entering Round 3, neither team had won a game, although the keep-‘em-keen bonus point system had awarded Collingwood four points for being thereabouts when they lost. The highlights: In the battle between seventh and eighth, everyone might have expected Adelaide to be one of these teams, but Collingwood? Surely the team with so many national squad stars shouldn’t have been in the bottom two. Sharni’s back in town. We need a new stat to reflect her impact on the match: defensive forays outside the goal circle which terrify the feeders into turnovers.
What’s happened to the game? With the final scoreline of 70-50, that’s a goal every 30 seconds. Five years ago, a team scoring 50 goals in a game would have a reasonable expectation of being within four goals of winning. Cut to 2018, and a score of 50 goals is nowhere near it.